UMD Takes a Bite out of MSU
by UMD Lacrosse Media Relations
(Duluth, MN — April 2, 2012) It was a beautiful day for lacrosse, and a beautiful day for the University of Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs to regain their domination on the field.
On Sunday, April 1, the Bulldogs faced off against the University of Minnesota Mankato in St. Paul where the Bulldogs proved to have the upper hand throughout the entire match.
The first quarter saw the Bulldogs burst out of the gate immediately. Senior captain Matt Madden (#17, Rochester, MN) got the ball rolling by firing into the net, and giving the Bulldogs the upper hand quickly into the quarter. Fellow captain Drake Peterson (#15, Terrence Park, OH), attackman Kevin Gaydos (#6, Lino Lakes, MN), midfielder Stan Drutowski (#28,Rosemount, MN), and midfielder Justin Vossen (#18,Apple Valle, MN) all had their moments at the net, scoring big for the Bulldogs. They were unstoppable, keeping the Mavericks off the scoreboard the entire first quarter, ending it with a score of 5-0.
Midfielder Ben Blaeser (#3, Champlin, MN) wasn’t about to be left out of the action, so when the second quarter began, he was off and running, giving the Bulldogs their sixth goal of the game. The Mavericks’ Michael Koprucki (#23) would break the shut out, and put MSU on the board halfway through the quarter. Vossen (#18) and Gaydos (#6) teamed up, and with a pass and a shuffle around the defense, Gaydos would secure another goal for himself and for UMD. Peterson (#15) also continued to be hot at the net, adding another goal. Brian Schmitz (#34, Dayton, MN) picked off a pass and assisted Gaydos (#6) with his third goal of the game at the end of the second quarter, putting the Bulldogs ahead with a heavy lead. The end of the first half saw the score at 9-1 in favor of the Bulldogs.
At the half, head coach Frank Clark stated “We are happy being up at the half, but more importantly they (UMD players) are executing the little things that has been a focus this week at practice”.
“Joey Slattery (#9, Wayzata, MN) made some fantastic saves in the first half to hold the Mavericks to one goal in the half,” added assistant head coach Sam Litman.
When the second half started, the Bulldogs continued to dominate the Mavericks. Shayne Thomas (#36, Huntington Beach, CA) added himself to the list of scorers for the match up. Neal Pester (#33, Savage, MN) also saw his first goal of the day while Peterson (#15) added another. The Bulldogs’ continued to push their lead even further. At the end of the third quarter, the Bulldogs led by 14-1.
“Defensively we stepped up another rung on the ladder today. We played well as a unit and had each others backs,” stated Litman.
With the start of the fourth quarter the Bulldogs turned to the full roster to close out the game. MSU wasn’t done fighting yet. The Mavericks’ Mikey Cameron (#32) fired off a shot and scored the second goal for his team. On a little hot streak, the Maverick’s continued to hit the net. Brandon Braastad (#40) secured a goal, as well as Brad Knott (#81), putting MSU’s total for scored goals at 4. UMD’s Thomas (#36) and Pester (#33) weren’t done before the buzzer rang at the end of the game, but when it did, it sounded in favor of the Bulldogs. UMD defeated the Mavericks with a final score of 16-4.
The Bulldogs remain undefeated in the UMLC division with a record of 5-0, and an overall record of 5-6.
“One of main goals at the beginning of the season was to go undefeated in the UMLC and earn the #1 seed in the playoffs, we took care of business today and earned that #1 seed,” said Litman.
Only one more game stands before the Bulldogs in their regular season. The final game will take place on UMD home turf on Sunday, April 15 at the University of Minnesota Duluth’s Griggs Field. The game will be part of a full day of lacrosse at UMD. The Bulldogs game starts at noon. Duluth Superior High School JV and Varsity teams will be playing games before and after the Bulldogs.
With UMLC play-offs quickly approaching, be sure to stay up-to-date with the Bulldogs’ happenings by checking out umdlacrosse.com or by following the team on Twitter @Duluthlacrosse.